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2009 Senate Bill 796: Increase state film subsidy transparency

Public Act 312 of 2010

  1. Introduced by Sen. Nancy Cassis (R) on September 9, 2009, to increase the disclosure requirements on state film subsidies. The Film Office would have to post quarterly reports on the internet that disclose how much each film producer who is promised a subsidy plans to spend in Michigan (and so how much subsidy he will collect), how much each has spent (and thus collected), details on the shooting locations and jobs, and more. Under a film subsidy law law passed in 2008, Michigan pays 40 or 42 percent of the expenses incurred by film producers in this state.
    • Referred to the Senate Finance Committee on September 9, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on October 13, 2009, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 17, 2009, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 17, 2009.
  2. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 17, 2009, to increase the disclosure requirements on state film subsidies. The Film Office would have to post quarterly reports on the internet that disclose how much each film producer plans to spend in Michigan, how much was actually spent, details on the shooting locations and jobs, and how many on the payroll were paid more than $250,000; it would also have to report to the legislature how much of all the credits granted were actually cash subsidies, because they exceeded the amount of tax the producer owed. Under a film subsidy law law passed in 2008, Michigan pays 40 or 42 percent of the expenses incurred by film producers in this state.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on December 17, 2009.
    • Referred to the House Tax Policy Committee on December 17, 2009.
      • Reported in the House on June 30, 2010, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on December 2, 2010, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that makes the required reports biannual instead of quarterly. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 2, 2010.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Kathy Angerer (D) on December 2, 2010, to make the film office file the proposed transparency disclosures twice a year instead of quarterly. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 2, 2010.
  4. Passed 97 to 2 in the House on December 2, 2010, to increase the disclosure requirements on state film subsidies. The Film Office would have to post twice-yearly reports on the internet that disclose how much each film producer plans to spend in Michigan, how much was actually spent, details on the shooting locations and jobs, and how many on the payroll were paid more than $250,000; it would also have to report to the legislature how much of all the credits granted were actually cash subsidies, because they exceeded the amount of tax the producer owed. Under a film subsidy law law passed in 2008, Michigan pays 40 or 42 percent of the expenses incurred by film producers in this state.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on December 2, 2010.
  6. Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on December 2, 2010, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on December 21, 2010.

Comments

Re: 2009 Senate Bill 796 (Increase state film subsidy transparency )  by albaby2 on December 8, 2010 

 Transparency! In government! LOL  Nice try though. Remember the Obama transparency and ethical government promises? 



Re: 2009 Senate Bill 796 (Increase state film subsidy transparency )  by albaby2 on September 13, 2009 

 What! you want transparency on the Michael Moore film subsidies?



2009 Senate Bill 796 (Increase state film subsidy transparency )  by admin on January 1, 2001 
Introduced in the Senate on September 9, 2009

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